MERGE CELEBRATION. Members of the Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade perform a dragon dance that is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in downtown Bacolod City to in observance of Chinese News Year yesterday.* (Chrysee Samillano photo)

NBI urged: Conduct
fair probe on ambush

Task Force Kasanag came to the defense of 11 respondents, five of whom are policemen, charged for the ambush of a female lawyer and her companion, who was killed, and also issued an appeal yesterday for a thorough, fair and transparent investigation of the incident.

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed murder and frustrated murder charges against the 11, in connection with the ambush of lawyer Erfe Del Castillo, who survived the attempt on her life in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, on Dec. 21, 2018. Her fiancé, Efren Palmares Jr., a former policeman, however, died.

John Chiong, secretary general of TFK, a civil society organization, where one of the respondents, Jomax Ortiz, serves as counsel, said he questioned the procedures of the NBI in the filing of the complaints. moremoremore

Remove illegal campaign
materials, nat’l bets told

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections yesterday again reminded all partylist groups, senatorial candidates and their supporters to remove their posters, tarpaulins and billboards that do not conform to Comelec rules before February 12.

The campaign period for candidates for senator and party-list groups in the May 13 elections begins Tuesday next week up to May 11.

The campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives, and provincial, city, and municipal officials will start March 29, and also end on May 11. moremoremore


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‘Agri growth highest in 10 years’

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday the agriculture growth under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is the highest in 10 years.

In his statement posted in his official Facebook page yesterday, he said the growth of agriculture in the first year of Duterte’s administration was at 5.36 percent.

He also said that if it is added to the “disappointing” 0.56 percent growth last year, the average growth for the first two years of the Duterte administration is at 2.7 percent.